Boat maintenance technician


A boat maintenance technician is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of boats to keep them seaworthy and in compliance with safety regulations. This includes boat and electrical assessments, ensuring compliance with the manufacturers’ maintenance schedules and guidelines.

Lifecycle stages

Installation, operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

EPCI contractor or specialist consultancies.

Place of work

Port, and an offshore vessel.

Typical working pattern

Full-time or fixed term contract. At far-shore projects, boat maintenance technicians usually live offshore on vessels and typically work two-weeks-on/two-weeks-off.

Education, training and qualifications

Relevant technical training or certification in marine mechanics, boat maintenance or similar is required, Experience in marine maintenance, such as servicing small marine engines, hull repairs, cleaning, and general boat maintenance.

Graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available with NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 4, respectively.

Training is usually provided by the employer.

For offshore work, the following is required (may be provided by the employer):

  • Seafarers Offshore Medical

  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and

  • Global Wind Organisation Basic Safety Training.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include deckhands and seafarers.

Highly transferable from maritime industries such as oil and gas, shipping and transport and, defence and naval operations.

Career possibilities

Boat maintenance technicians can progress to become senior boat maintenance technicians, marine engineers, shipyard supervisors and maritime surveyors.

Full time salary estimate

€30,000-€50,000 per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.